Please join us as we celebrate the tenth anniversary of Cambridge Enterprise Limited, revisit some extraordinary innovations and share a few that we think will soon have a tremendous impact on the world.
Cambridge University research has, of course, found its way to market for centuries. But it wasn’t until the late 1990s, in the wake of changes to intellectual property law, that the University set up various tech transfer offices. These were consolidated and renamed Cambridge Enterprise. On 1 December 2006, we fledged, becoming a fully independent subsidiary.
Our mandate was to “support the academic community to make their ideas and concepts more commercially successful for the benefit of themselves, the University and the UK economy”. In the ten years since, we have helped thousands of academics share their expertise as consultants; licensed hundreds of techniques and technologies to existing businesses and helped launch and fund over 100 spin-outs. We have built relationships with investors and companies around the globe and returned millions of pounds to academic departments and the University.
Our primary goal, however, has not been to make money but rather to ensure that great ideas are put to use, for everyone’s benefit. Cambridge University carries out extraordinary research every day. Cambridge Enterprise helps get the fruits of this research out into the world, be it in the form of life-saving drugs or market-altering technologies. These innovations have improved millions of lives. Here are some of those stories.
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Innovative in 1961, the Hammersmith flyover was the first UK structure to use precast, segmental, post-tensioned concrete.View